Work starts on £11.4m Valley Road homes in Cinderford
Work has begun on a new £11.4million housing development on the former Ensor's abattoir site on Valley Road, Cinderford.
Contractor Kier Partnership Homes is now on site building 92 environmentally sustainable homes for Forest of Dean District Council, Cinderford Town Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) as part of the town's wider regeneration scheme.
The scheme will offer a range of homes varying in size from one-bedroom flats through to four-bedroom houses, and will deliver 55 homes for open market sale and 37 affordable dwellings. It will be managed by Two Rivers Housing Association, with Kier handling the sale of the open market housing.
The scheme will start with the demolition of the existing abattoir, which has moved to larger premises on the Valley Road industrial park to allow for business growth and the safeguarding of 130 jobs.
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HCA area manager Greg Morgan said: "This is the next step on the road to regenerating the Forest of Dean by bringing new homes, jobs and prosperity to the area. Coming just after our plans to bring new jobs and investment to the Northern United and Forest Vale were approved, it's great to see progress being made on this project too.
"I look forward to seeing residents moving into the homes when they are complete."
Councillor Patrick Molyneux, cabinet member for regeneration and leader of the Forest of Dean District Council, added: "It is great to see work starting on this site at last to bring much needed new homes to the area and it is very exciting for the regeneration of Cinderford and the district as a whole.
"A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes with the council working with Ensor's for over five years to try and secure them a more suitable site for their business to grow. The relocation of Ensor's is particularly good news for the people of Valley Road, who lived with the abattoir nearby for many years."
Garry King, chief executive of Two Rivers Housing Association, said: "This is an exciting project for Two Rivers, which will provide a range of low cost homes through a combination of affordable rent and shared ownership. They have been designed to be energy efficient and that will mean lower fuel bills for our tenants, which is particularly important at a time when the cost of living continues to rise; we look forward to welcoming the first tenants."